Russell L. Easterday Quote on the Passage of Time

“Time Flies as you get older. As a 5-year-old, a year was 1/20th of my life and seemed to last forever. As an 80-year-old, a year is only 1/80th of my life and seems to pass before I knows it.”

Russell L. Easterday (1896-1977) founder of Easterday Construction

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  1. My Great Grandfather told me this while playing shuffleboard at his winter home in Florida around Christmas time. I think I was in Jr. High at the time. I always assumed it was original wisdom, but I never asked.

    My Great Grandpa and Grandma Easterday always hosted a huge family gathering at Christmas for which they returned from Florida. When I say huge, they had six children, all six of which had three children or more. I was the oldest great grandchild, but by the time I could remember these events, there were lots of children there, overflowing the small house.

    When they could no longer make the trip, they were devastated. It was at this time that my father, the oldest grandchild (and favorite – just ask him!), started taking us to Florida each Christmas break. We would pack up into whatever vehicle we had at the time and drive straight through the night for the 1200+ mile trip. To hear him tell it, we couldn’t ask, “Are we there yet?”, when we were asleep. My sister still has a scar on her forehead from rolling from the back of the Vista Cruiser Station Wagon to the front (the seats were laying down – who needs seatbelts!?!) and hitting her head on the bottle opener on the end of the cooler.

    I am fortunate to have a lot of good memories of my great grandparents because of these trips. They taught me shuffleboard, Canasta and took me deep sea fishing. I learned a lot from seeing their relationship and their interactions with my parents. I obviously still think about them to this day…

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